Noles Conquers Meltdown At Southern National; Rowe, Church Claim PASS Titles

Noles Conquers Meltdown At Southern National; Rowe, Church Claim PASS Titles


-       For Immediate Release


LUCAMA, NC (November 15) – Trevor Noles capitalized on a bold 3-wide move with 10 laps to go to pass Christopher Bell and Jody Measamer and win Saturday afternoon's Mason Dixon Meltdown 200 at Southern National Motorsports Park.  Noles victory was his first career Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model triumph and also marked the first series win for the Coulter Motorsports team.

            "We finally got the monkey off our back and I just can't thank Coulter Motorsports and Randy Renfrow, they give me 110 percent every week," said Noles in victory lane.  "I drove just as hard as I could those last few laps and we're finally here where we belong.  It's been a long, cold weekend and I just can't thank everybody enough for being here today."

            In qualifying, Jared Irvan shattered the old track record by more than a tenth of a second for his second career quick qualifying time with a lap of 98.186 miles per hour.  In the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Irvan would pull pill number 9, while Tyler Dippel and Derek Ramstrom would move up to the front row.

            On a very cold and brisk afternoon, Dippel and Ramstrom led the 31 car starting field to green.  Dippel would lead the first five laps before Ramstrom moved by in turn three to take the lead.  PASS South points leader Tyler Church experienced major mechanical problems early on heading to the pit area for over 30 laps on lap 8.  With Church in the pits, the focus was on his nearest championship rival, Cole Timm, who was having a strong run inside the top 10.

            Following a caution for a spin by Karl Weber in turn two on lap 31, Ramstrom and Austin Wayne Self would lead the field back to green for the restart.  Self got a good start on the outside as the field roared into turn one.  Ramstrom battled back on the low side, but spun exiting turn two in front of the entire field.  The cars of Brandon Lynn, David Garbo, Jr., and Jeff Batten all made hard contact as they tried to avoid Ramstrom.  All four drivers were eliminated in the crash.

            On the ensuing restart, Dippel would have a mechanical problem and stop on the frontstretch to bring out a caution.  Dippel pulled his car in to the pits and out of the race, handing Ben Rowe his 3rd career PASS National Championship.

            Self and Christopher Bell were the class of the field much of the first half of the Mason Dixon Meltdown, but once they entered lapped traffic, the lead duo was joined by the cars of Timm and Brandon Setzer.  On lap 108, Bell moved around Self to take the lead and began to quickly stretch his advantage.  The caution would wave on lap 125 to allow teams to refuel and change two tires.

            On the restart with 75 laps, Timm appeared to break an axle on his machine while running third.  Timm would soon retire from the event giving Church his first career PASS South Super Late Model title, despite his problems from earlier in the race.

            After a trio of cautions for relatively minor spins, Bell and Self again raced hard on the restart with Bell coming out on top in his Toyota.  Self continued to struggle losing second to Setzer and would eventually fall out of the race.

            Setzer quickly closed in on Bell for the lead as they entered lapped traffic.  With 30 laps to go, Setzer took advantage of contact between Bell and Roger Lee Newton to take the lead exiting turn two.  Setzer appeared to be cruising to his first career Super Late Model win when a broken rear suspension sent Setzer out of the race with 11 laps to go and brought out the ninth caution of the night.

            On the restart, Bell and Jody Measamer brought the field to green, but Trevor Noles, who was in third, darted to the inside making an aggressive move to power by the leaders in turn one.  As the field headed down the back straightaway, contact between Measamer and Rowe racing for third place sent Measamer hard into the outside wall.

            This would give Bell one more shot at Noles, but Noles was again too quick on the restart.  Despite Bell's best efforts, Noles held on for his first career Mason Dixon Meltdown win.  Rounding out the top five were Bell, Rowe, Dalton Sargeant, and Harrison Burton. Completing the top 10 were Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Jared Fryar, Newton, Michael Rouse, and Matt Craig.

            Following the race, Rowe and Church joined Noles on the front straightaway to celebrate their championships.  A very relieved Church expressed his gratitude following their frustrating race.

            "I knew I was in trouble when we were sitting in the pits, but I told the Good Lord to take care of this and this is where we're at," said Church afterwards.  "I've got to thank Harold [Johnson] and Preston [Peltier] for getting us into this, but me and my daddy have worked hard on this car.  This is special and me and daddy will always cherish this moment."

            After a year that saw him go winless, Rowe was happy, not only for his third PASS National Championship, but to finish the season out on a high note.

            "It feels like a win for us to finish third, I mean we've struggled all year long," said Rowe.  "It's a fun series that PASS puts on.  You go to all these different tracks in the North and South and Canada and see all these different fans and it's a pretty neat deal."

            In the PASS Pro Late Model division, Kodie Conner took the lead from Jacob Schneider and never looked back as he went on to claim his fifth win of the season.  Rounding out the top five were Erik Nash, Schneider, Ryan Krachun, and Matt Murphy.  Walker Yates finished sixth en route to claiming his first career PASS Pro Late Model division title.

            Clint Fields led flag-to-flag for the Pee Dee/Coastal Supertruck win over Jimmy Herrington, Kevin Parsons, Clay Thomas, and Tommy Peregoy.

            Chris Lamb led every lap for the USAC Eastern Midget win over Scott Hunter, Kyle Craker, Blaine Leydig, and Jessica Bean.

Although the season is complete, the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models will return on Saturday, March 7, 2015 to kickoff the season at Dillon Motor Speedway with the 10th Annual South Carolina Clash  For more information and updates throughout the offseason, please go to ProAllStarsSeries.com.  And, don't forget, to "Like" the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @PASSSLM14.












  PASS South Super Late Model – Mason Dixon Meltdown 200 – Unofficial Results

1.         2 – Trevor Noles 200                                            17. 07 – Austin Wayne Self 177

2.       52 – Christopher Bell 200                                       18. 28 – Jared Irvan 148

3.       4n – Ben Rowe 200                                               19. 51 – Karl Weber 148

4.       5s – Dalton Sargeant 200                                       20. 16 – Lucas Jones 143

5.       12 – Harrison Burton 200                                      21.  57 – Cole Timm 140 

6.       27 – Wayne Helliwell, Jr. 200                                  22.   8f – Tate Fogleman 123

7.       41 – Jared Fryar 200                                             23.  42 – Eric St. Gelais 104

8.       33 – Roger Lee Newton 198                                    24.  28x – Justin Gill 67

9.       23 – Michael Rouse 198                                          25.     7 – Tyler Church 65

10.      54 – Matt Craig 198                                               26.   45 – Mark Beard 42

11.    12j – Trey Jarrell 197                                               27.     1 – Tyler Dippel 32

12.     73 – Joey Doiron 195                                             28.   35 – Derek Ramstrom 31

13.        84 – Martin Latulippe 194                                      29.     4 – Brandon Lynn 31

14.       c98 – Jody Measamer 189                                      30.    49 – Jeff Batten 31

15.         c5 – Steve Legendre 189                                        31.       8 – David Garbo, Jr. 31

16.          6 – Brandon Setzer 187                                         



PASS Pro Late Model – 50 laps – Unofficial Results

1.    45 – Kodie Conner

2.    1x – Erik Nash

3.    81 – Jacob Schneider

4.    49 – Ryan Krachun

5.      7 – Matt Murphy

6.    02 – Walker Yates

7.    72 – Pete Johns

8.    24 – Mason Diaz

9.    24j – JP Josiasse

10.  11x – Jeremy Haudricourt

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Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Celebrates a Successful 2014 Season


Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Celebrates a Successful 2014 Season

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Since its inception, the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, powered by Torque Builders Inc. has been represented by a simple mission statement. "Powering and preserving affordable open wheel modified racing for racers, by racers". That motto was brought to the forefront during the opening remarks at the annual awards banquet – Saturday, November 15th – at the Quality Hotel in Oshawa.


In his preliminary address, Rick Warnes – one the 3 OMRS founding members – paid tribute to the runners who participated during the 2014 campaign. Racing on a 'spec' series tire, most drivers were able to run the full schedule on a single set of tires, keeping their costs below $500 for the entire year. While next year's schedule – with events pencilled-in for Peterborough and Flamboro Speedways – has yet to be finalized, Warnes said he expects to see most of the drivers and teams who followed series in 2014 to return; along with some new faces to create a battle for the top rookie honours.


The Ontario Modifieds Racing Series would like to thank this year's sponsorship partners Torque Builders Inc., Total Transportation Systems Inc., Complete Mechanical, APC Auto Parts – Belleville, Principal Access Security Systems Inc., Clarke Motorsports Communications, Showworld Photography, Heather Myers Photography – www.racingcards.ca, Peterborough Speedway – J.P. Josiasse and Flamboro Speedway – John and Frank Casale. 


2014 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, powered by Torque Builders Inc. season awards:


First place: #95, Robert Warnes

Second place: #09, Nick Lees

Third place: #90, Rick Warnes

Fourth place: #62, Randy Hollingsworth

Fifth place: #65, Bill Burrows

Sixth place: #61, Bill Pickford

Seventh place: #77, Chad Strawn

Eighth place: #07, Alex Lees

Ninth place: #88, Ryan Dick


2014 Hard Luck Award: #07, Alex Lees

2014 Most Improved Driver Award: #95, Robert Warnes


Official Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, Powered by TORQUE BUILDERS INC. 2014 Schedule:


Saturday, May 10th:               Flamboro Speedway                                                                                         Spring Shakedown Invitational

Race winner - #77 Chad Strawn


Saturday, May 31st                Peterborough Speedway

                                                Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night

Race winner - #09 Nick Lees


Saturday, June 7th                 Peterborough Speedway

Race winner - #95 Rob Warnes


Saturday, July 12th                Peterborough Speedway

Race winner - #07 Alex Lees


Saturday, August 16th           Peterborough Speedway

                                              Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night

Cancelled - rain


Saturday, September 6th      Flamboro Speedway

Race winner - #95 Rob Warnes


Friday, October 3rd               Flamboro Speedway (qualifying & feature)

Saturday, October 4th           Flamboro Speedway (feature)

Delayed by weather to Sunday, October 19th

Race winner - #88 Ryan Dick


Additional OMRS information can be found at www.ontariomodifiedsracing.com or atwww.facebook.com/OMRS Ontario Modifieds Racing Series powered by TORQUE BUILDERS Inc. 


About TORQUE BUILDERS INC.:  With over a decade's experience with partners and clients in the construction industry, TORQUE BUILDERS INC. offers general construction services in the industrial, commercial and institution sectors.  Their services range from new construction projects, renovations to retrofits, retirement residences, office finishing, data centres, communications work and leasehold improvements. Learn more by visiting www.torquebuilders.com.


Photo attachment: Jim Clarke - Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

Ontario Modifieds Racing Series drivers (left to right) Ryan Dick, Nick Lees, Alex Lees, Bill Pickford, Randy Hollingsworth, Bill Burrows, Richard Warnes and 2014 champion Robert Warnes accept their trophies at the Saturday, November 15th awards celebration. Chad Strawn was unable to attend.


Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media



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Kevin Harvick Wins 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship

Kevin Harvick Wins 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship

Fourteen-Year Series Veteran Captures First Career Title


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2014) – In a storybook finish to conclude a revamped Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Kevin Harvick won the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday to claim his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.


To win the title, Harvick needed to finish ahead of his fellow Championship 4 – and a win was the only way that would've happened. Ryan Newman finished second, Denny Hamlin finished seventh and Joey Logano ended the night in 16th.


After finishing a career-best third in the standings in three of the last four seasons, the 14-year series mainstay finally broke through for the premier series title in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing.


A veteran of all three of NASCAR's national series, Harvick joins Bobby Labonte and Brad Keselowski as the third driver to win both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series crowns. Harvick, 38, is the 30th champion in the 66-year history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.


The No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet driver showed off his speed throughout 2014, pacing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led and poles. Following a two-win regular season, Harvick entered the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as its No. 6 seed. He adeptly navigated his way through the Chase's Challenger and Contender Rounds highlighted by his victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but would still be searching for a championship without his clutch performance in the Eliminator Round cutoff race at Phoenix International Raceway.


Entering the penultimate showdown at the one-mile tri-oval last among Chase qualifiers, Harvick needed a win at Phoenix to advance to the Championship 4. He responded to the pressure by leading 264-of-312 laps and beating four-time series champion Jeff Gordon on his way to Victory Lane. The Bakersfield, California, native carried his momentum to Homestead, becoming the first title-winner under NASCAR's new playoff format.


Harvick's championship is the second for Stewart-Haas Racing. The racing outfit jointly owned by three-time premier series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas won its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title behind the driving efforts of Stewart in 2011. No. 4 team crew chief Rodney Childers, also in his first season with SHR, won his first series crown as well.



The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information, visit www.nascar.com and follow NASCAR at www.facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.



Kerry Tharp

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

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